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Announcing Auria Pro!

Posted by Mikers On January - 14 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Most of us knew this has been in the pipeline for the past several months, but it’s great to finally see the public unveiling of a full features list and the GUI maker over. Looks like the best DAW on iPad, is about to get even better!

unnamedWith over two years in the making, we’re really excited to finally give you a preview of the upcoming Auria Pro. Full MIDI capabilities, real-time audio warping, powerful audio bussing, two built-in synths and much more, Auria Pro raises the bar in mobile recording once again. Auria Pro will be on display at our booth at NAMM (Booth #6903).

Comprehensive MIDI capabilities including:

  • MIDI sequencing
  • Tempo and Time-signature tracks
  • Piano roll editor
  • Real-time MIDI parameters including quantize, velocity shift, velocity compression,
  • length compression, random, delay, legato and transpose
  • Groove template quantizing with built-in DNA grooves (additional grooves available for
  • purchase)
  • MIDI processing functions including Transpose, Fixed Length, Velocity Gain, Fixed
  • Velocity, Delete Notes, Delete Controller, Restrict Polyphony, Optimize Controller Data,
  • Humanize, Delete Overlaps, Crescendo, Reverse, Pedal to Length, Velocity Rescale,
  • Velocity Range, Velocity Curve and Compress/Limit
  • FabFilter Twin 2 Analog synth built in
  • WaveMachine Labs multi-format sampler built in

Other Features:

  • Powerful new audio routing with flexible busses
  • Real-time audio warping using Elastique Pro v3
  • Audio quantize feature
  • Transient slicing
  • Audio to MIDI conversion
  • Unlimited tracks
  • 6 AUX sends
  • Project templates
  • Updated graphics and overall performance improvements

Auria Pro will be available Spring 2015 and will be priced at $49.99 USD, and existing Auria users will also be able to upgrade to Auria Pro for a reduced price. Pricing for the standard Auria version will be $24.99.

For more information and additional screenshot previews, check this post on our forum.

StagePlot Guru for iPad

Posted by Mikers On December - 27 - 2014 2 COMMENTS

I know this app does’t make a wink of sound, but I for one have spent many hours trying to prepare a half professional stage plot using only MS Word, and it was terrible. So this will be handy for those occasions  when you need a refreshed stage plot and need it quickly.

screen480x480 (18)StagePlot Guru for iPad is an an all encompassing easy-to-use intuitive application for StagePlot design.

**APP IS FREE TO DOWNLOAD WITH LIMITED CATEGORY AND FEATURE USE, UPGRADE TO PRO-VERSION AND UNLOCK ALL CATEGORIES AND FEATURES FOR $4.99.

Build a stage from the ground up with a touch and pinch of your fingers.
-Touch and Grab Icons
-Easy-to-Read Graphics
-Editing Tool Bar
-Intuitive User Interface
-Collapsable Bars to Maximize Workspace

OUTSTANDING FEATURES

-Pro version stores over 100 StagePlots.
-Change, rotate, resize props as needed.
-Make lists for each prop chosen. Lists appear on the final readout.
-Dedicated readouts for Equipment, Technical Input, Equipment and Dimension lists for every prop.
-Customize Names of each prop.
-Upload Customized Logo via iPad Camera Roll
-Add Contact/StageManager Info
-Print/Share PDF or Image of StagePlot
-Arrange the final layout in the Arrange Stage Preview screen
-Select from hundreds of props
-Upgraded prop category options
-Produces a clean/professional StagePlot
-Purchase additional props and prop packs from built-in PropShop
-Consistent updating of PropShop with more props
-icloud storage for stageplots
-Use the Quick-Text Button to label the props and the stage
-Share on Social Media
-Auto Size stage dimensions which can be turned on/off

For a full rundown, check here – http://www.stageplotguru.com/

StagePlot Guru for iPad (AppStore Link) StagePlot Guru for iPad
Developer: Active Media Production Group, LLC
Rated: 4+
Price: Free Download Here

FLUX:FX

Posted by Mikers On December - 27 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

screen480x480 (17)FLUX:FX is a professional multi-effect audio processor app for the iPad that lets you ‘play’ your effects. Innovative, intuitive and exciting, FLUX:FX lets you manipulate any audio signal into something entirely new, and redefines the possibilities of audio and live performance in an app with an almost unlimited range of effect options. FLUX:FX is a truly authentic digital platform for next-level sound design. Guitar, bass, synth, drums, vocals, DJ setup, violin… basically ANY audio signal can be processed in real-time by FLUX:FX. Over 18 months in development, this app represents the pinnacle of touch-screen multi-effects, and was designed in conjunction with acclaimed musician Adrian Belew for both studio and live use.

TRULY CREATIVE EFFECTS: FLUX:FX has over 30 studio-quality effects to choose from, and an almost unlimited range of settings to let you twist and sculpt your sound. Chain 5 together for maximum aural impact.

POWERFUL SEQUENCER: A touch-based automation sequencer for your effects that adds a completely new fluid dimension to your sound design.

DEEP EDITING HEAVEN: Every parameter of every effect is editable, assignable and with the fine tuner dial, PRECISE. That makes FLUX:FX a tweaker’s paradise.

TRANSPARENT INTERFACE DESIGN: FLUX:FX has a beautiful, minimalist interface combining easy-to-use controls with a mesmerising liquid polygon audio visualizer. No fake road-worn pedal graphics here.

MADE TO BE TOUCHED – Designed and built from scratch as an iPad app, FLUX:FX is not a port from an existing plugin, it is MADE to be touched. And swiped, and dragged, and tapped. No tiny dials here.

MADE BY EXPERTS – conceived and created via the combined talents of guitarist extraordinaire Adrian Belew, audio software developers ElephantCandy and mobile specialists MOBGEN.

PLAYS WITH EVERYTHING – Audiobus compatibility (including saved states), Inter-App Audio compatibility, super-fast MIDI, virtually all the audio interfaces… they just work with FLUX:FX.

COMPLEX SOUND, EASY TO USE – chopping, shaping, crushing and looping – FLUX:FX can take you from subtle modulating echoes through to wrecking-ball destruction, all with a swipe of a finger.

LOWEST POSSIBLE LATENCY – FLUX:FX features ultra low-latency settings to give truly professional performance capabilities.

There are more than 30 individual effect blocks that come built-in to FLUX:FX. We do not force users to make in-app purchases to unlock essential tools, or to register in order to stop ‘advertising’ alerts.

Choose from the following audio building blocks to create your modular effect chain:

• OVERDRIVE
• DISTORTION
• FUZZ
• BITCRUSH
• DESTROY
• DECIMATE
• STUTTER LOOP
• REVERSE LOOP
• LOOP SLICE
• SEGMENT
• SAMPLE SCRATCH
• COMPRESS
• PUMP
• ULTRA EQ
• KILL EQ
• LOWPASS FILTER
• HIGHPASS FILTER
• BANDPASS FILTER
• CHORUS
• FLANGE
• PHASE
• RESONANT DRONE
• PITCH DELAY
• OCTAVE SHIFT
• RING MODULATE
• AUTO PAN
• DIGITAL DELAY
• BINAURAL DELAY
• TAPE ECHO
• SCATTER VERB
• DELAY/REVERB

Plus a master LIMITER to keep all the sonic chaos in check.

FLUX:FX by Adrian Belew - the professional audio multi-effects app (AppStore Link) FLUX:FX by Adrian Belew - the professional audio multi-effects app
Developer: NOIISE
Rated: 4+
Price: $19.99 Download Here

Mini Review – Egoist for iPad

Posted by Mikers On December - 20 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

The talented crew at Sugar Bytes, have ported yet another one of their fine audio mincing desktop apps across to the iOS world. Introducing Egoist for iPad.

For those unfamiliar with it, Egoist’s main drawcard is being able to slice ‘n dice an existing piece of audio into a maximum of 16 chunks, and then sequence them to playback in any order you like. The sources of audio include dozens of on board drum loops and sampled grooves, to anything currently loaded in your iPad’s music library.

Egoist’s other key features include a programmable synth bass and drum machine, plus one of the coolest looking multi effects sections I’ve ever seen.

So let’s take a look at each section individually.

screen480x480 (2)The app’s hero, The Slicer, is where I’d expect users to spend most of their creative time, as this is where you place up to 16 markers throughout the chosen piece of audio, and then fine tune how you want each sample to playback.

Having placed all the slice markers where you want them, you have further control of the overall pitch of the sample, which is useful when needing to get musical parts in the same key. You can also adjust the overall sensitivity which will determine how many of the slices are detected based on their volume. There is also an adjustment for the length and envelope of the slices, which together essentially act like a gate over when the slice cuts off.

Just under the audio waves section is where you arrange the order that the slices will play in. This simple interface uses a series of intuitive sliders that represent the order in which the slices will play. There are 16 sliders, each with 16 possible positions, so for example, by placing the first slider on 7, the next slider on 3, and the next slider on 12, you will hear those numbered samples played in that order. So the idea is, once you’ve assigned a slice on each of the 16 faders, you have completed one pattern. Further tweaking of the each slice is available just below the sliders, these include the individual pitch, attack, decay, and volume.

Once you’ve created a handful of patterns, these can then be turned into full tracks by arranging the patterns into parts, for example an intro, verse, bridge, chorus and outro, and then finally you can arrange these parts, to create a song.

Once you’ve got all the slices in the order you wish, there is some additional overall tweaking you can do to the pattern, including muting some slices, getting them to play in reverse, plus you can make the whole pattern play backwards, or have it play the slices in a random order, which can often present some pleasant surprises.

To the right of the slice area, is a series of copying, pasting, and randomising functions, simplifying the process of making new variations of existing patterns. There are also some direction keys which allow you to move the slices all to the left or right, and up and down, which again can provide some interesting new beats and musical grooves.

screen480x480 (3)Moving onto the Bass/Beat area, we find a familiar working 16 step sequencer style drum machine featuring 32 kits of Kick, Snare and Hi Hats. These can all be mixed and matched to suit your own taste, plus the volume and pitch of each part is adjustable too. As well as inventing your own drum grooves, you can use the randomiser or + and – keys which cycles through a few dozen of premade patterns.

The Synth Bass area is definitely one of more unique takes I’ve come across, starting with the fact there is no on screen keyboard to enter notes. Notes are entered on a single line, and like the other elements, you have a maximum of 16 possible notes per pattern.

Tapping in an empty area on the top line, brings up the option for how long you want to the bass note to play for, and also if you want it to pitch up or down. Once you’ve entered all the bass notes for a pattern, you can change the tunning of each note on the line below it. The tunning options go one octave above and also below the root note (which something you can also set manually). And in addition to the fine tuning of each note, under this line, you can make each note play an octave higher or lower. As with the Slicer and the Drums, to the right you have access to copy and paste features, and two types of randomising, one offers random bass lines, and the other randomises the notes it plays. I found this frequently produced a great bass line, with minor tweaks here and there, without the need to program one manually from scratch.

There are over a dozen built in synth bass patches, with options to adjust the wave and filter type, the cut-off, resonance, modulation, LFO rate, and note decay. The editing isn’t as in depth as some full-fledged synth apps, but there’s enough to play with, to get some nice fat sounds. And any patches you happen to come up with yourself can be saved as a user patch.

screen480x480 (4)The other key component of Egoist is the Multi Effects area, which is one of the most unique visual takes I’ve come across for editing and applying effects. It’s one of my favourite areas of Egoist to mess around with. The effects include a high pass filter, delay, reverb, lo-fi, chorus, tape stop effect, and a looper.

If you’re familiar with Sugar Bytes application, Effectrix, the way this section works is similar. At the bottom of the screen is a grid, where you can apply any of the 7 effects to the 16 parts of a pattern. Each of the effects can be edited by either using your finger within the effect, or for more precise adjustments there are vertical and horizontal sliders. As with most other areas, there is copy and paste, and randomising options here too.

One thing to note about the effects is that they are global, so although you can choose to send the drums, bass, or slicer through them, it’s the same effect across everything.

The final section is simply called Egoist, and it offers access to some global settings and options. Here you can adjust the overall tempo, the clock source, audio and MIDI settings. You can bounce down and share your finished work through the Audiocopy feature. You can choose between clock and note for how the slicer playbacks samples. You can also fine tune the slicer, the synth bass and over all master mix. There is also a handy compressor limiter to give the overall mix some extra punch. You’ll find a handy link to the online operation manual here too.

screen480x480 (5)While I didn’t get into any of the MIDI options, I do believe it’s possible to assign incoming control commands to things like the synth bass’ filters and the volume controls.

And of course, there is the all-important support for Audiobus 2 and Inter-App Audio, so Egoist will play nicely with other supported music making and recording apps.

In the end, like its desktop PC big brother, Egoist offers surprisingly in-depth audio editing and processing features in a way that is not only intuitive, but also a fun way to create interesting new beats and grooves.

Egoist is available from here –

Egoist (AppStore Link) Egoist
Developer: Sugar Bytes GmbH
Rated: 4+
Price: $29.99 Download Here

MicSwap Pro

Posted by Mikers On December - 9 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

screen480x480 (5)MicSwap Pro

A Distinctive Audio App.

**PRO VERSION**
Attach and use any external microphone that connects to your iOS device.

Record and filter new or pre-existing audio right from your iOS device. Serious audio engineers, musicians, recording hobbyists…whoever you are, MicSwap is a highly intuitive tool that simulates a real studio environment.

Choose various microphone emulations, from classic ribbons to modern condensers, and record with the tap of a finger. If you want to tweak the sound, simply swap in another mic and the filter will change. Not feeling the studio you’re in? You can easily switch studios from the menu.

For an optimal audio experience, please use headphones.

FEATURES
-All current microphones and studio environments are included with purchase.
-Record through different mics for different sounds
-Swap mic filters to alter pre-existing audio
-Adjust the gain of any microphone
-Edit or trim recordings
-Enable / disable live monitoring
-AudioCopy enabled
-Change backgrounds by swapping studio environments
-Color label recordings
-Sort recordings by date, title, duration, mic used, and color
-Read descriptions of each mic and studio
-Reorder mics. Put your favorites first.

SHARE & SYNC
iCloud, Dropbox, Facebook, SoundCloud, Twitter, SMS, Email, and Airdrop
-Import/Export audio over USB or WiFi using iTunes File Sharing

DEVICE REQUIREMENTS
iPhone 4, 5, 6, iPod touch, and iPad, ipad 2, ipad air, iPad mini
**Requires iPhone OS 7.0 or later**

MicSwap Pro - Record, sync, share and filter audio through various virtual microphones. (AppStore Link) MicSwap Pro - Record, sync, share and filter audio through various virtual microphones.
Developer: Future Moments LLC
Rated: 4+
Price: $19.99 Download Here

KORG Module

Posted by Mikers On December - 1 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

screen480x480 (1)The best sounds, available to everyone. Announcing a new high-quality mobile sound module app for iPad!

Maintaining its position at the forefront of mobile music apps, KORG now offers you a new style of performance and production with Korg Module for iPad. Ideal for performance and music production, KORG Module is a high-quality sound module app for iPad that contains a sound library over 1 GB. If you have an external MIDI keyboard and an iPad, you can play studio-quality keyboard and grand piano sounds anywhere. You can also use the sounds of KORG Module for the KORG Gadget music production app.

*** Five dedicated sound engines containing powerful tone ***
KORG Module has five dedicated sound engines, providing a number of high-quality sounds that can be played back on your iPad using the “NATIVE ENGINE”. These engines feature technology that was developed for KORG’s historic line of workstations and synthesizers including: Acoustic Piano, Electric Piano, Clav, Organ, and Multi. Each display has carefully selected parameters, making it convenient and easy to adjust the sounds.

*** Welcome to a new mobile world, where your iPad and a MIDI keyboard is all you need for a complete setup ***
Just connect an external MIDI keyboard to your iPad and launch the app to transform your iPad into a high-quality sound module. It’s easy to set up and start playing immediately, whether you’re in your room, a practice studio, or performing live. KORG Module adopts an open hardware philosophy that allows connection to any MIDI keyboard. In addition to using a KORG MIDI keyboard such as the taktile, microKEY (25-key), or nanoKEY2, you can also use other manufacturer’s MIDI keyboards that can be connected to an iPad.

*** Mobile music production in tandem with KORG Gadget ***
You can also use the high-quality KORG Module sounds inside KORG Gadget, the mobile music production app. If you have KORG Module and KORG Gadget, the five tools Salzburg, Montreal, Alexandria, Firenze, and Glasgow are added inside, allowing access the same way as KORG Gadget. These five powerful gadgets will add even more variety to your music productions, raising your music to the next level. Whether for performance or for production, both of these apps deliver ultimate sound.

*** Convenient set list function with a PDF/image score viewer and music player ***
KORG Module provides functions you’ll find convenient in any environment. The set list function provides unified management of all the settings a player needs; it lets you recall the sounds in the ideal order, view music notation, or hear a practice song. The score viewer can load and display an image or PDF file; eliminating the need to carry along a printed music score. You can use the internal camera of your iPad to record and view hand-written memos. You can use the music player to select and play a song from the library of the Music app. Since there’s a tempo change function, you can slow down the tempo without changing the pitch.

*** Power-up even more with expansion sound libraries ***
While KORG Module provides a powerful collection of sounds even with its basic set, you can purchase expansion sound libraries to further extend its sonic scope. As the first round, we present two titles: the third-party mobile premium piano “Ivory Mobile Grand” from SYNTHOGY, and KORG’s own vintage electric piano sound set “Wurley Electric Piano.” Add sound libraries to enjoy an expanding world of mobile sound modules. The added sound libraries can be used with KORG Gadget as well.

For more info – http://www.korg.com/us/products/software/korg_module_for_ipad/

KORG Module (AppStore Link) KORG Module
Developer: KORG INC.
Rated: 4+
Price: $39.99 Download Here

Pro Midi

Posted by Mikers On November - 24 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

screen480x480 (7)ProMidi – It is great for musicians that are trying to alternate studio setup, searching for a convenient and quality sequencer to play with synths and record midi data.

FEATURES:
-Wireless MIDI
-Virtual Midi (Supports sending MIDI to other apps)
-Looping
-16 Channels
-Midi Editing
-Midi Playback
-Midi Record
-Synchronous playback/record CC’s and Notes (so song stays in sync)
-Routing options
-Sends and Receives MIDI Clock, Start, Stop and Continue events
-External Sync
-Internal Clock
-Scales (built in and custom)
-Notes Quantization
-Undo / redo for most actions
-On screen keyboard interface
-Sending/Receiving any Envelopes, Note On, Note Off, Pitch Bend, Aftertouch, Program change, Channel Pressure and CC’s
-Export and Import of midi, kar, wmf files
-And very, very comfortable midi editor!

IMPORTANT: ProMidi does does not produce any sounds by itself and does not include a sound engine or synth. Some external MIDI gear or other music apps that support virtual midi connections are required to use this app.

Pro Midi (AppStore Link) Pro Midi
Developer: VITALIY TARASYUK
Rated: 4+
Price: $4.99 Download Here

Egoist

Posted by Mikers On November - 24 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

screen480x480 (6)Egoist is a groove instrument. Load any audio file and squeeze the groove out of it!
Try your mp3 library and use it as a sound source! The additional onboard bass, beat and fx units make Egoist the perfect track sketch tool in the studio and on the road.

• Quick + Easy track sketching, based on sample slicing
• Minimal, yet effective bass line
• Unique beat box with more than 1000 drums from vintage to electronic
• Effect Sequencer
• Randomizers in all areas
• Inter-App Audio
• Audiobus
• Audiocopy / Audiopaste
• Mixdown/Bounce
• Full Midi Support (Virtual, Network, Extern)
• Music Library Access
• iTunes File Sharing

SLICER:
The Slicer arranges up to 16 slices of the loaded sample. Apply different parameters like Reverse, Attack, Decay, Level and pitch with the sequencer. Using the 16 available patterns, up to 16 different samples can be used at any time.

BASS & BEAT:
Egoist includes a great sounding bassline synthesizer/sequencer. The bassline synth offers a mean and strong sound, with different lowpass filter flavors and overdrive. The versatile sequencer is capable of notes and pitch bends of any length.
The internal beat box offers kick, snare and hihat, along with a simple sequencer. If you imagine, that you can change the drum sounds with each pattern, limitations start to get you inspired!

EFFECTRIX INSIDE:
The Effect unit brings funky hickups to your tracks. Engage tapestop, looper, reverb or filter at any time to give your beats that otherworldly feel and create stunning breaks!

SONG SEQUENCER:
Chain your patterns! Or create stunning breakbeats by changing patterns quickly! The internal Part/Song sequencer lets you sketch your pattern progressions and line out your next track.

ALWAYS SPECIAL:
The very special Slice Keys turn Egoist into a slice keyboard! Play the sequencer steps on the keyboard, with all their settings and effects, you will not believe how cool that is!

Egoist (AppStore Link) Egoist
Developer: Sugar Bytes GmbH
Rated: 4+
Price: $29.99 Download Here

KORG Module inbound

Posted by Mikers On November - 14 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

239bc866229334a97f95877bc29cedf4_pcMaintaining its position at the forefront of mobile music apps, KORG now offers you a new style of performance and production with Korg Module for iPad. Ideal for performance and music production, KORG Module is a high-quality sound module app for iPad that contains a sound library over 1 GB. If you have an external MIDI keyboard and an iPad, you can play studio-quality keyboard and grand piano sounds anywhere. You can also use the sounds of KORG Module for the KORG Gadget music production app.

KORG Module has five dedicated sound engines, providing a number of high-quality sounds that can be played back on your iPad using the “NATIVE ENGINE”. These engines feature technology that was developed for KORG’s historic line of workstations and synthesizers including: Acoustic Piano, Electric Piano, Clav, Organ, and Multi. Each display has carefully selected parameters, making it convenient and easy to adjust the sounds. Once you experience the quality of the sounds being produced from the slim body of your iPad, you’ll agree that KORG Module is radically different than anything else currently on the market.

For a full rundown on what to expect from this upcoming music app, check the Korg website – http://www.korg.com/us/products/software/korg_module_for_ipad/

Here’s a teaser video

 

Auxy

Posted by Mikers On November - 8 - 2014 1 COMMENT

screen480x480 (2)Complex user interfaces and a bewildering array of options can often get in the way of some simple good old fashion groove making. That’s the takeaway from this latest app, thanks to the clean UI and stripped back options that will have you making beats and hooks in no time, even if you’re new to the whole thing! Of course, Auxy is not a fully fledged customisable drum and synth workstation, but when all you want is something to whip up a quick groove, this is one app hard to look past.

Check out the video for an example of how quick and easy it can be….

Auxy: Beat Studio (AppStore Link) Auxy: Beat Studio
Developer: Auxy AB
Rated: 4+
Price: Free Download Here

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